Supply and demand delay some Droid Incredible shipments until July 12th

By on June 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM.

Supply and demand delay some Droid Incredible shipments until July 12th

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The shortage of critical components needed to manufacture the HTC Droid Incredible shows no sign of letting up, as the popular Verizon Wireless smartphone has had its ship by date pushed back to July 12th. Amid the shortage, demand for the Incredible is so high that  Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam recently noted that his company “had to pull way back” on shipments to retail stores in order to focus on online sales. The shortage has also allowed the ageing Motorola Droid — itself facing shortages — to outsell the HTC device. One of the major reasons for the delay is Samsung’s inability to quickly produce AMOLED displays. High demand for handsets with AMOLED displays has placed serious strains on Samsung’s production lines and shows no sign of letting up. Of course to those who have been attempting to get a Droid Incredible since it launched, knowing the reason for the delay isn’t all that comforting. But anyone willing to pay a bit of a premium shouldn’t have a very hard time finding one on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Enterprising individuals there appear to have plenty of stock, albeit with a healthy markup.

Thanks, bluehorseshoe! More →

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DROID Incredible rooted

By on June 10, 2010 at 7:57 AM.

DROID Incredible rooted

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Hear ye, hear ye. HTC DROID Incredible owners with a hankering for the “#” rejoice, as the good folks over at Unrevoked have added Verizon’s latest Android offering to their rooting lineup. The Unrevoked site does warn:

“This hack is for power users only right now, and is not as simple as unrevoked is. We are working on expanding the race window.”

So be careful, and if you do decide to give your Incredible a good old fashion rootin’, do let us know how it goes in the comments.

[Via Engadget] More →

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HTC Droid Incredible disappears from Verizon's website (Updated)

By on May 25, 2010 at 4:08 PM.

HTC Droid Incredible disappears from Verizon's website (Updated)

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We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but all of a sudden finding a HTC Droid Incredible for sale has become virtually impossible. No longer proudly on display on Verizon’s homepage, the only way to find the phone is to do a manual search for it. It’s still listed as available for sale, but clicking on the “buy” button redirects to a page which screams in bold letters that “the selection you made is unavailable at this time.” Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam recently bemoaned that his company was unable to keep the device in stock thanks in part to a shortage of AMOLED displays from Samsung. But still…pulling the phone from the website because it’s sold out? That’s just strange.

Anything you want to tell us, Verizon?

UPDATE: According to Verizon, this is all just one big misunderstanding. Verizon is now giving away free 2GB microSD cards with the sale of each Droid Incredible. Because of this, the order number on the website had to be changed. This didn’t happen right away thus explaining perceived lack of availability.

Thanks Jinny and JoeBold! More →

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HTC: Your 2010 Android smartphone will "likely" get FroYo

By on May 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM.

HTC: Your 2010 Android smartphone will "likely" get FroYo

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Have a new Android smartphone from HTC? Obsessing over whether or not it will get an official FroYo plus Sense UI update? Well fear not, because HTC has issued a statement to sooth your panic-stricken soul. Unfortunately, it’s so vague that it actually raises more questions than it answers. According to HTC:

[…] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can’t be more specific yet.

Most likely? Uh oh. We’re hoping that the shadows of doubt placed upon the Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G and myTouch 3G Slide can be attributed to poor choice of words, but what about the Legend? Better yet, what about the Sprint Hero (October 2009) or the Verizon Droid Eris (November 2009)? If you thought people put up a stink about how long it took the Sprint Hero to get bumped up to Android 2.1, prepare yourself. There’s no telling what the Android Army is capable of. More →

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Verizon HTC Droid Incredible giveaway: Part 2

By on May 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM.

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible giveaway: Part 2

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We’re back with the final part of our 5 device giveaway series, and this time, we’re looking for a bonafide reason you need this phone. We want to know the current device you’re using, and why it’s so bad — maybe it’s half broken, barely works, is completely outdated, or any other reason — so, hit us up with some photo or video evidence and you could win yourself a Droid Incredible. Here are the official rules:

  • To enter, email a photo or video of your current busted handset to droid at boygeniusreport dot com.
  • If you decide to smash, break, destroy, or otherwise compromise the structural integrity of your phone, that’s on you.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years or older in the U.S. (it’s a Verizon CDMA device anyway)
  • We’ll run it until May 28th at 11:59PM!
  • Since we already gave out two devices, we have three left. That means there will be three winners in this contest.

Good luck!

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HTC DROID Incredible giveaway winners!

By on May 7, 2010 at 7:01 PM.

HTC DROID Incredible giveaway winners!

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Please join us in congratulating Frechman and DevKid as the winners of our HTC DROID Incredible giveaway. There were 9,490 comments that made it in before the April 29th 11:59pm deadline, however — much to the chagrin of others who entered — Monsieur Frenchman and Señor DevKid will be taking home the hardware. Thanks to all who entered, and thank you for reading BGR.

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Official: HTC Nexus One not coming to Verizon Wireless

By on April 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM.

Official: HTC Nexus One not coming to Verizon Wireless

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We’re not sure this really matters, but…it looks like Verizon Wireless will not be getting the HTC Nexus One after all. If you direct your browser over to Google’s phone purchasing site, you’ll notice a nice little note under the Verizon Nexus One section that reads:

For Verizon’s network, you can buy the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.

Previously, the note had suggested the Motorola DROID as an alternative for those fanboys Android lovers that just could not wait, however, when we contacted Google for clarification they gave us this statement on the record:

We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem. Verizon Wireless customers who want an Android phone with the power of the Nexus One can get the Droid Incredible by HTC, which can be pre-ordered now and which will be available in Verizon Wireless stores on Thursday, April 29th.

We feel the HTC Incredible is an ample, and logical, successor to the N1. Any of you Verizon Wireless, Android junkies have your little hearts dead-set on the Sexy Nexy?

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HTC Droid Incredible stars in video walkthrough

By on April 18, 2010 at 7:34 AM.

HTC Droid Incredible stars in video walkthrough

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We know that for many of you April 29th can’t come soon enough, so here’s a quick YouTube video overview of the HTC Droid Incredible to tide you over. Shot the other day during the 99% Conference in New York City, the video is a wee bit out of focus, but still manages to give you a good look at some of the features and overall speed of the very well-equipped smartphone. We’ve got a feeling this is just the first of many videos we’ll see of the Droid Incredible before it officially goes on sale, but for now, hit the jump to check out the best we’ve got.

Thanks, Patrick! More →

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HTC DROID Incredible to retail for $599.99?

By on April 15, 2010 at 7:27 AM.

HTC DROID Incredible to retail for $599.99?

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If this leaked image of Best Buy’s inventory system is correct, the HTC DROID Incredible’s full retail price has been set at $599.99. No doubt a daunting price to some, we’re actually of the mindset that it’s a very fair price considering what it gets you is a very well equipped smartphone with a 3.7″ WVGA OLED display, 8 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, 512MB of ROM and RAM and Android 2.1 coupled with HTC’s Sense UI. Throw in the typical Verizon subsidies offered along with a 2-year voice and data contract and we’re saying you won’t see this sucker top $199.99. That is provided no one gets greedy. You like? More →

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